Grateful Dead Live at Wembley Empire Pool on 1972-04-08
This show has been commercially released as " Europe '72: The Complete Recordings - All The Music Edition"
SBD> MR (16 track)> DAT> [Disc 3 only: SS]> Sound Forge 4.5>CDR; remastering by Bill Giles, with disc 3 work by David Gans; EAC> SHN by Jeff M.; see detailed notes in info file
Subject: does not capture the essence of a GD show
There is none of that magic between the audience of the band that makes some of these shows truly spectacular and is what I like best about this archive.
I just don't get this one. The sound is great OK but it's like listening to an album.
They're probably not even on acid, I mean c'mon
Subject: Pigpen jams
Subject: Great show
Subject: what an amazing recording
Subject: hot wired
Subject: Shall we go?
Peace & Love,
Subject: Another Great Night in the Swimming Pool
MAMU keeps things moving nicely.
Mr. Charlie is nice and funky, one of few Pigpen songs that can keep up with what the Dead have started morphing into by 1972.
Deal, while it hasn’t become the song it will be, up till 1972, this is one of the better versions.
BTW, well played, and not over sung.
Next Time You See Me
Cumberland Blues rips, so hot they broke another string.
BEW, great version here.
TN Jed has a nice payoff but pretty standard for this time. Energy maintained thus far through the set.
PITB is driven and seers its way into your brain starting shortly into the jam segment. This short one covers all the bases while maintaining energy throughout. A+.
Good Lovin’ is a nice effort, omitting a long Pigpen rant that could get aimless, this ten minute version keeps things moving along nicely. Great Jer/Bob/Phil blast around 3 minutes in.
LLR has Jerry is loud form, nicely out in front of the rest. He’s got a great tone. If you like this song, you’ll likely love this one.
Truckin’ is a great way to open the 2nd, and they fully rock it out.
Big RR is short and rollicking. Great screeching guitar by Garcia.
Hurts Me Too would epitomize why Pigpen wasn’t going to keep up with the direction he band was going. Yes, they held onto the blues, but he was a front man, and sinking to the rear with just a few songs, as the group slid more into Jerry’s world… and Jerry runs the show on this one.
Dark Star>Sugar Magnolia>Caution
This long meat sequence of 3 songs allows all three of the primary singers to have a shot. Dark Star, I can’t say enough about this, one of the most driven, intense Dark Stars out there, it will always be in my tops! Billy drives the intensity and much as Jerry, and it doesn’t let go. Around 11 minutes in they slow it down enough to go into the verse. I love when they actually need to slow down a jam to go into the verse (of any song), it means you likely had your brain scattered. After the verse Billy gets on the cymbals slowing the pace, and they get spacey. The coming blast off starts just before the 18 minute mark, and again features Octopus Billy. Around 21 minutes things start getting creepy with a very interesting, almost circus like Pigpen buried in the background. The jam is all over the place, maintaining a nice pace and staying fully exploratory. 28 minutes in they head into what strongly hints at the song they will eventually go into, 7 minutes later, Sugar Magnolia. Bobby, not ready to go there yet, starts the chord progression of the MLB Jam (though they hadn’t “played it yet”). Sugar Magnolia officially hits when Bob changes his chords to those familiar chords. This is an energetic version, featuring a Bobby chuckle as he sings the lyrics. I wonder what made him laugh? Caution comes naturally right out of this with Phil and Billy pushing it out of the crashdown of SSDD. Billy has been on fire all night, meaning a great 20 minutes to close out the set! It stays pretty driven until about the 13th minute where it goes a little bluesier in content. The outro is tremendous! Great Caution. A+ meat sequence (if short).
One More Saturday Night
Back to back homeruns (7th and 8th) in London! This show doesn’t really have many downs, and the highs are extremely good. The Dark Star, especially the last 7 minutes, amazing. Essential show.
A+ for official release
Subject: Fantastic show
Btw the Europe '72 box set of just the music is worth having despite its high price. The shows are available individually too. The best (so far) in my opinion are: 04/08, 04/11 (Newcsastle), 04/26 (Jahrhundert Halle), 05/03 (Paris), and 05/26 Lyceum, London). Tivloi 04/14 is great too. I've been waiting for the complete tour release for years.
Subject: Favorite 60 minutes of music
Subject: Single Best Dark Star Ever Bar None
The rating is for the show, not the recording since that's been pulled. I'm listening to my cassette recorded off the GD Hour.
Subject: Best Caution EVER
the dark star is one of my very favorites with some wonderfully fluid jamming and great peaks.
but the highlight is the most raging version of caution i've ever heard; jerry's speed fueled mayhem of guitar playing is just beyond words in this one. listen to this cruising down the highway, and you're sure to get a speeding ticket.
Subject: PITB is the overlooked jewel of this show!
Subject: anyone help out a head?
Subject: Where can I get this?
Subject: Awesome Europe '72 show.
The Dark Star, like many others from this tour, is very adventurous and beautiful; it has far less of the dissonant Tiger jam than 4/24 or 5/11 so it's very accessible. The Mind Left Body jam at the end is pure bliss. The Sugar Mag and Caution smoke, with Pig in the latter as good as ever. It's hard to believe that he would be dead less than a year later.
By all means necessary, get this show. Any fans of the '72 Dead are missing out if they don't have it.
Subject: Rarely Does It Get Better
Subject: Great Start
Subject: Sounds great
Subject: A+ Sound quality ; A+ Show quality
Subject: comparable to '72!
Subject: Top Ten!
Dr. Flashback ;-)
Subject: Classic Dead
Subject: very nice
Subject: "kind of husky..."
Subject: Great Show!!!
Looks Like Rain with Garcia on pedal steel is poignant / Dark Star is anything but dark - emitting white light for 30 minutes continously / a miraculous, all-smiles transition into a most frantic Sugar Magnolia spilling into Caution.
Disc 3 is the most energetic and intensive 60 minutes of The Dead that I know. And the rest of the show rocks hardly less.
Subject: Dark Star into Sugar Magnolia
Subject: 31:31 Darkstar
Get this one.